Portland Museum of Art plans $85m expansion to double its space

PMA’s new building would be designed with sustainable materials, and increase the museum’s size to 100,000 square feet. The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) in Maine is planning an $85m expansion that would more than double the institution’s space with a new building on the site of the former Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. Additionally, the existing buildings will be renovated, the Portland Press Herald reports. “Right now, because of our growth, the real risk is not to build,” Portland Museum of Art director Mark Bessire told the publication. “We’re at capacity,” Bessire said. “If museums…

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New life as artistic hub for Birmingham’s Junction Works building

Work has begun to transform a run-down listed building in Birmingham into a new home for artists. Charity Grand Union, which runs a gallery and artist studios in the city, is working with landlord Homes England on the scheme to bring new life back to the grade II Junction Works complex in Digbeth. It has secured £500,000 from Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), a further £25,000 from developer Stoford and £150,000 of private funding for phase one of the works. This will see the front part of the building renovated to…

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Wigan planned town centre

Wigan Galleries overhaul takes a step forward

Developers Cityheart and BCEGI are seeking public feedback on their planned £135m revamp of the shopping centre, comprising 464 homes, a six-screen cinema and a150-bedroom hotel.  The joint venture, known as Galleries 25, was appointed to redevelop the 440,000 sqft town centre retail complex into a mixed-use scheme last year, as revealed by Place North West. Cityheart and Beijing Construction Engineering Group International beat off competition from regeneration specialists Muse Developments, and a partnership between Maple Grove Developments and Urban Splash to secure the Wigan job. The vision for the Galleries has been…

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